Blood clot deaths are preventable12th May 2009
A charity is calling for the NHS to prevent blood clot deaths in hospitals by ensuring more effective steps are carried out to stop clots developing in the first place.
Approximately 32,000 patients in hospital are killed every year because of blood clots.
The Lifeblood charity said 7 out of 10 of these cases could be averted if patients were properly assessed, given anti-thrombosis socks and encouraged to move around.
The charity also said anti-clotting medication could be administered to patients who had the highest danger of developing blood clots.
Clots can form inside the leg when a patient cannot move - for example after an operation - and if they travel to the lung it can cause a pulmonary embolism.
Dr Sarah Jarvis, of the Royal College of GPs, said it was "shocking" that some hospitals did not give out anti-thrombosis socks.
She said: "The Department of Health says that everyone should have an assessment of their risk of having a blood clot when they go into hospital, and if you haven't had one you should ask for one."
"Hospitals should be doing a risk assessment on everybody going into hospital and we know that one-third of hospitals are not doing that routinely."
The NHS Confederation said hospitals needed to improve their measures to prevent blood clots.
Nigel Edwards, NHS Confederation director of policy, said: "If we work together we can save lives and reduce NHS costs by improving assessment of all patients and using cost-effective preventative measures."
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Title: Blood clot deaths are preventable
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 11334
Date Added: 12th May 2009